Getting IT Employees Ready for 2019
As we near the end of 2018, most CIOs and CTOs are beginning to formulate their plan of how to get their IT employees ready for the new year. They want to make sure that their staff has everything they need to be current, productive, and successful so that they can provide their maximum value to the company. They also want to get the maximum ROI for the money that they plan on investing in their staff.
Let’s take a look at some things that IT employers can add to their plan, and budget for, in the coming year.
Hardware is always a consideration for IT staff. Infrastructure is very important, but it is also very important that the IT staff that keeps everything running has the resources to perform their duties efficiently. One of the best ways to make sure that the staff is running current hardware is to procure a business leasing agreement with a reputable hardware vendor.
Hardware leases provide a plan to keep personal hardware resources from becoming obsolete and impacting the productivity of staff members. Most leases run about three years, which is about right given that hardware technology progresses so quickly. Some staff might need hardware upgrades more frequently. If you have programmers on staff, you always want them running hardware that can keep up with new software updates and you also don’t want their development machine slowing down their creativity.
IT staff require training to keep their skills current and to become familiar with new technology. There are many different levels of training, but one of the best ways to keep your staff’s skills up to date is to procure training from a reputable training organization like ONLC.
This provides a staff an opportunity to learn the newest procedures and get certified or recertified in areas of proficiency. Employer-sponsored training not only keeps your employees up to date on processes, equipment and more – it also improves your business as a whole which may save you money in the long run.
If staff members have attended training, obtained certifications, or learned new technologies, scheduling internal knowledge sharing sessions or ‘lunch and learns’ can be a good idea. Also, if you have a senior staff member that has a unique skill set or someone who has absorbed an abundance of knowledge over time, it’s a good idea to have meetings to transfer that knowledge to junior staff members.
Mentoring is a powerful tool to ensure that you don’t have valuable skills and expertise leaving the company with the departure of important staff members. Knowledge sharing sessions provide a way so that this valuable knowledge can be spread around to other staff members to eliminate single points of loss if senior staff members decide to move on.
These are just some of the ways to get IT staff ready for 2019. Technology moves quickly and keeping staff trained and making sure their skills are up to date should be a priority for every organization. There’s no better way to make sure your staff’s skills stay current than to provide them with the training they need from a reputable training organization such as ONLC. Contact us today to see how we can train and certify your IT staff on almost any technology or platform currently available.